Early tomorrow morning I fly to New York to attend the Biglari Holdings shareholder meeting. This will be my first time attending. The CEO of the company reminds me of a young Warren Buffett and I would like to think I'm an early investor in what may become a profitable venture. I haven't been to New York since my dad took us when I was twelve. I'm not looking forward to figuring out the public transit system, but taking public transportation from the airport costs $2.50 versus about $50 for a taxi.
After the meeting I am shopping a hotel in Times Square. Since my dinner and breakfast the next morning will be covered it makes this a frugal trip.
I haven't closed on the new house yet. The agent has had me sign several revisions to the contract. I haven't made any special requests; I suspect I am dealing with an inexperienced agent. I'm not too bothered by any delays this causes: we are flying to Omaha next Friday for the Berkshire Hathaway meeting and then to Las Vegas on the 10th so I won't have much time to work on the property until the end of May.
Wednesday, April 23
Saturday, April 12
|The Courtyard inside Bonnet House|
This brings me to a big update: I've been quietly shopping for houses, and it looks like I finally had an offer accepted. The property is an ugly foreclosure that needs significant repairs and updating. Some of the walls and ceilings are missing insulation and Sheetrock from a previous leak, and all the floors are bare except the tiles in the kitchen. The plan is to move there this summer as soon as I get a couple bedrooms ready to be occupied. The other work in the house can be done after I get moved in. My master plan includes creating a backyard oasis inspired by the Bonnet House.
So far April has been a steady month for mystery shopping, hospitality and auditing work. The next several days I will be working on a business census that entails visiting every business within a designated census area. I also have several gas stations to shop and a handful of restaurants and grocery stores lined up.